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So what happens after the violence ends? Who won and who lost Israel v Palestinians?

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Submitted by Fra Hughes…

Self-defence, blood lust, ethnic cleansing, disproportionate response, mowing the lawn, genocide, death from the sky.

Whatever way you wish to describe the unparalleled violence unleashed on Gaza is up to you.

I describe it as shooting or in this case bombing Palestinians in a barrel.

Let’s have a brief resume of what’s happened.

The district of Sheikh Jarrah is in East Jerusalem. This was the proposed capital of a Palestinian state. The signing of the Oslo Agreement in 1993 saw further Israeli expansion into the West Bank and areas like Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah have been systematically targeted by the illegal Jewish Settler movement which uses Israeli courts to award Zionist Jews the homes and land currently occupied by Palestinians.

If you take nothing else from this article please remember the occupation is illegal, therefore every decision taken by the occupation army, the illegal settlers and the apartheid Israeli judiciary, that routinely sends young children, young boys and men to prison on extracted false confessions, many made under duress, under physical threat and in some cases children are handed false confessions written in Hebrew which they cannot understand and they are told these are official release forms.

The kids sign them thinking they are going home but in reality, they have signed a confession which will condemn them to jail.

Add to this ‘Administrative Detention’, Imprisonment without trial and we have the flawed corrupt apartheid regimes conveyor belt to jail. All of this is illegal.

Many Human Rights organisations describe Israel as an apartheid state.

This is because Zionism, a political ideology is inherently apartheid.

Netanyahu is facing corruption charges. A former Israeli Knesset member during a CNN interview accused him of inciting the current round of violence by continuing Israel’s expansionist, illegal land grabs in the occupied west bank and also through the attacks on people at prayer, men, women and children at the Al Aqsa mosque, towards the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Is it really conceivable that the leader of the 7th largest military force on earth would engineer the circumstances whereby a state of conflict between Israel, a heavily armed modern state would be at war with a civilian population that has no army, no air force and no navy, to protect it. Just local militia composed of the fathers and sons, mothers and daughters of the local community?

Well, I guess if an Israeli Knesset member says exactly that, then it must carry some weight.

So, where are we now?

As the bloodletting ends as it must. As the dead are buried and the destroyed building dust settles like a shroud on Gaza where do we go from here.

The reality is, everything will be the same and everything has utterly changed.

Who won and who lost?

I have always struggled when I heard claims following previous attacks on Gaza that the resistance has won.

I genuinely thought it was bravado for the masses. When we see the death toll, the numbers injured and the devastating damage to civilian homes, hospitals and the infrastructure, I have to ask how have they possibly won?

The loss of life alone is unimaginable in such a small environment. 25 miles by 6 miles, that is the size of the Ards Peninsula in Ireland, having the whole population of Northern Ireland 2 million people squeezed into it.

As of now the destruction in Gaza is of unbelievable proportion.

The targeting and killing of whole families is a war crime in itself.

The systematic destruction of all roads leading to the main hospitals in Gaza, preventing ambulances and victims from accessing acute services is another war crime.

The destruction of family homes, farms, places of worship and work are further war crimes.

The latest blitzkrieg on Gaza is just another Zionists war on civilians that will never be forgotten.

Israel claims its aims were to degrade the military capabilities of Hamas and other resistance groups in Gaza.

It sites rockets fired from Gaza as the pretext.

Under international law, as Israel illegally occupies the West Bank and controls the air, sea and land borders around Gaza, the Palestinians have the right to resist occupation, by any means necessary, including armed resistance. Then this Samson versus Goliath battle is one of the Palestinian Samson with rocks and rockets legally resisting an illegal Goliath occupation, that uses Gunboats, tanks, artillery shells, drones and F16, F35 jets to bomb, flatten and murder Gazan’s at will and without any recourse to the rules of war.

Israel will end the bloodshed when it has expended the armaments supplied to it by America France Britain and the EU.

Israel has failed again in its stated objective to destroy the ability of the resistance in Gaza to challenge the occupation.It did not have the courage to commit ground troops as the cost in Israeli soldiers lives was deemed potentially to be too high.

The resistance groups retain both the ability and the will to continue to resist the illegal occupation and siege by any and all means necessary.

The attacks on Gaza are a proxy threat to other nations in the region. We will do the same ‘to you’ is the message. Indeed Israel routinely bombs Syria in another example of its illegal war crimes.

The resistance has won!

I know, it’s hard to believe.

Gaza is destroyed. The dead, the injured and the dying are Testaments to the unfathomable loss of life.

Israeli military leaders have stated on numerous occasions that they will bomb Gaza back into the stone age.

Gaza is destroyed yet the spirit of resistance and the spirit of the people has survived. The spirit to continue to demand equality, peace, freedom and justice for Palestinians and Palestine survives not just in Gaza but in East Jerusalem, in Sheikh Jarrah, in the West Bank, in Al Aqsa and in historic Palestine, that Zionists call Israel.

Netanyahu has united Israelis in their demand for his prosecution for corruption and united Palestinians for the first time in a generation in their defence of Al Aqsa, East Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah and Gaza. A new generation of resistance has been born. United and unified from the river to the sea.

Did the prime minister of Israel help create the conditions that made this latest attack on Gaza inescapable?

Is the shedding of blood in Gaza simply an electioneering gambit.

He or she who kills the most Palestinians gets the most votes?

History certainly bears that perspective out to be true.

What Gaza needs is financial support, rebuilding materials, medicine, hope and solidarity in equal measures.

What it will get is 50,000 plus homeless refugees many of whom were already refugees from the Israeli murder and bombing campaigns of 2014/2009/1967/1948.

Further degradation of civil societies ability to respond to the damage to lives, homes, infrastructure and the economy is the result.

Egypt is complicit in the siege. It will not help Gaza or Palestine.

The humanitarian catastrophe will continue apace

Israel sells Gaza water, gas, oil and electricity. It makes a profit from all of these utilities. The profits of occupation.

The resistance has prevailed once again.

The price of resisting the continued illegal Zionist Israel occupation of Palestine is the continued loss of liberty and life for Palestinians.

The continues loss of life, homes, farms, workplaces, mosques, schools, hospitals, clinics, the innocence of the young, their hopes for the future and their dreams of a life free from violent occupation, imprisonment, death from the skies and a psychological trauma that has no end.

When the bombs stop flying in the east the people stop protesting in the West.

Will you stand with Palestine. Or simply melt away like snow on a ditch until the next murderous bombing raids occur.

Peace needs you now. Palestinians need you now. The future generations being born into captivity need you now.

What will you do to help end the madness of a rogue Apartheid state and bring peace to the people of the middle east and west Asia.

It really is in your hands


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

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“So what happens after the violence ends?”The Palestinians are a remarkable people. They never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

Reply to  Winston
May 23, 2021

Blame the victim. The old Zionist ploy.

May 22, 2021

I am always fascinated by the use of the pejorative “apartheid” aqainst Israel. Apartheid promotes diversity. Integration promotes homogeneity. So if what you want to see is a world full of identical people with the same religion and same cultural values, then “apartheid” is indeed descriptive of something very bad. However, not all of us are so inclined. Long live true diversity.

Reply to  penrose
May 26, 2021

if you’re on the wrong side of the apaprtheid divide, everything is sub-standard: food, job opportunities, education, health care and you’re treated as useful cattle.

Vera Gottlieb
Vera Gottlieb
May 22, 2021

As long as Palestine/Palestinians continue under the israeli boot…Palestine/Palestinians are the losers.

May 23, 2021

Just Jews being Jews.

May 23, 2021

Who won and who lost ?? Clearly, the Americans won big time, all that ordinance they sold to the Israelis must have been coming close to it’s use by date, has been expended, allowing space for new supplies recently passed by Congress before the action even started. So the first winner is the U.S. of A. The second winner is of course the Israelis, having destroyed more infrastructure that will never be allowed to be rebuilt under Palestinian control, so the Israels are the second winner. The biggest looser in all of this is the stupidity of Hamas, picking a… Read more »

Reply to  Eddy
May 24, 2021

Grammar Police here. Sorry to intrude but there is too much of this about these days. Definition of ordinance 1 a : an authoritative decree or direction : ORDER On that day the king signed three ordinances. b : a law set forth by a governmental authority specifically : a municipal regulation A city ordinance forbids construction work to start before 8 a.m. 2 : something ordained or decreed by fate or a deity Let ordinance come as the gods foresay [=foretell] it. — William Shakespeare 3 : a prescribed usage, practice, or ceremony observes the ordinance of abstinence during Lent Definition of ordnance 1 a : military supplies including weapons, ammunition, combat vehicles, and maintenance tools and equipment bombers… Read more »

May 23, 2021

As a matter of fact, you’re wrong when you say this it’s an illegal occupation. The binding international document that grants rights on this land is the the mandate of palestine. According to this document, all of the land (and even Jordanian land initially) were supposed to become a jewish national homeland. You can agree or disagree with that decision, I concede. But that the last binding decision in international law. The UN partition vote as no binding value, since the general assembly has no power do binding resolutions. If arabs had accepted the partition, it would have become international… Read more »

Reply to  Roberto
May 24, 2021

Rubbish from “As a matter of fact” to “an international law laywer, advising several countries about this issue”
Even if the Mandate document was valid after the dissolution of the League of Nations and numerous subsequent superseding documents and even if those imperialist powers actually possessed the rights and powers to take indigenous land and award it to colonialist invaders, the document itself has, at its core, this qualifier:
“it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”

Reply to  Brewer
May 24, 2021

“rubbish” because you don’t like it… But you should separate your wishes/feelings from facts. At least you recognize the validity of the rights established by the Mandate of Palestine. I commend you for that. Usually, I don’t even get any consent on such irrefutable facts. I also agree that people can be outraged with the fact that the great powers of that time took such decisions. However, here’s where you are wrong: Article 80 of the UN charter guarantees that all previous agreements as well as states’ and peoples’ rights remained unchanged. And up to this very day no other… Read more »

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